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Old 04-21-2010, 02:38 PM
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I would very much appreciate opinions of 1911's. What I'm looking for is: cost, accuracy, reliability and standard 1911 components that I can order parts from sources such as Brownells.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:49 PM
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Ok???? 1911's range from ~$400-$80,000, accuracy is top notch as long as the gun is assembled correctly, reliability is very high (some manufacturers don't like hollowpoints), and components can be bought from brownells, but they won't just drop in.

Look around the forum a bit .
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:22 PM
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I'll give you an opinion of 1911s. There are many makes and models. The underlying design is magnificent. Aftermarket parts exist in vast abundance. I recently shot a friend's Rock Island that he got for well under $500 and loved it. Mine is a Springer and I love it, too. Get ye a 1911 as soon as humanly possible.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:47 PM
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I've got 7 different 1911s from 6 different manufacturers in two different calibers.

Retail prices ranged from $400 all the way up to $1500.

On the compact side I've got a Kimber Ultra Raptor and a High Standard Crusader Compact. They run the gambit from expensive to inexpensive and both are good shooters.

On the medium length side, I've got a Colt 1991A1 Commander and a Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail in 10mm. Same thing, inexpensive (1991A1) to spendy in teh DW. Both are excellent pieces with the DW being a far more accurate than the guy behind the trigger.

On the full size Government models, I've got a restored Remington Rand, a Taurus PT1911, and Colt Delta Elite in 10mm. The RR is a safe queen, as I restored it not for collector value, but for its historic value. The Delta is a different flavor over the general .45. Of the three Government models, the Taurus is the most accurate, as well as the least expensive of the three.

Parts availablility is good for all 7. Brownells and Midway USA are good sources of spare parts and they complement each other. What Midway doesn't carry, Brownells does and vice versa. If I can't find it at one site, I can usually find what I'm looking for from the other.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:08 AM
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I would very much appreciate opinions of 1911's. What I'm looking for is: cost, accuracy, reliability and standard 1911 components that I can order parts from sources such as Brownells.
A nice, accurate 1911 will run between @$500 to @$900.

Time proven brands in this category include Colt, Springfield and Kimber. There are others but that is a start.

The 1911 is accurate as the majority of pistols. If you stay with the original design parameters (single stack, 1911 designation) and a good maker, all parts for 1911 from resellers like Brownell's will fit (some will need fitting).

Most quality 1911's will need no major parts for tens of thousands of rounds. Minor parts (wear items) like springs need little or no fitting. The extractor may need minor (hand) adjustment if replaced.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:45 AM
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A nice, accurate 1911 will run between @$500 to @$900.
I need to shop in Arizona. Your high mark is the starting point around here.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:53 PM
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If you want a 1911 to use as the basis for a custom at some point in the future, and you know that is what you want to do with it, I would probably buy a Springfield GI. Most smiths will work on it, 1911 parts from pretty much any maker will fit, and you aren't paying extra for parts that will be replaced anyway. You also aren't married to a particular dovetail profile

If cost is your primary consideration and you don't plan to turn it into a custom, read the reviews on the RIAs, Firestorms, Charles Dalys, American Classics, Taurus', etc. These can be had with "updated" features such as beavertail grip safety, commander hammer, extended thumb safety, and better sights. Most of the buyers of these pistols seem to be pretty happy with them, and 1911 replacement parts are easy to come by should the manufacturer go out of business (like Charles Daly did recently).

If you want something a little nicer that already has most of the bells and whistles, makers such as Kimber, Springfield, S&W, SIG, etc offer something in the $800 - $1200 range that you'll probably be pleased with. I own more than a couple of makes from that list, but my hands down recommendation to satisfy your criteria is the STI Trojan for about a grand. It's the smoothest, most accurate, out of the box 1911 in that price range.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:59 PM
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I would very much appreciate opinions of 1911's. What I'm looking for is: cost, accuracy, reliability and standard 1911 components that I can order parts from sources such as Brownells.
Someone needs to do a little general reading.
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:43 PM
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If you want something a little nicer that already has most of the bells and whistles, makers such as Kimber, Springfield, S&W, SIG, etc offer something in the $800 - $1200 range that you'll probably be pleased with. I own more than a couple of makes from that list, but my hands down recommendation to satisfy your criteria is the STI Trojan for about a grand. It's the smoothest, most accurate, out of the box 1911 in that price range.
+1, I love my Trojan, Escort and Guardian as well as the LS9

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